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09 Sep 2013

MMQB: Boldin Has Last Laugh

PK on Week 1 storylines like Anquan Boldin vanquishing the Packers and Terrelle Pryor's debut, then PK actually goes on NFL Rewind to look at parts of the Ravens-Broncos game.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 09 Sep 2013

22 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2014, 9:47am by Edge


by Lyford :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:25pm

I know it's not Peter's job to write the headlines, and I know it's just a cliche, and I know that this is a nitpick, but the idea of anyone having the "last laugh" about anything after week one (1) is just insane...

by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:56pm

The fact that it is a cliche makes me think that PK did write the headline.

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 3:14pm

That was my first thought, minus all the stuff about King not writing the headline. It'll be some time after the winter solstice before we know who got the last laugh.

by Tofino :: Thu, 09/12/2013 - 6:37pm

MMQB: Boldin Has Premature Chuckle

by Led :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:30pm

Here is the result of Goldston's "marginally high" (according to King) hit on Jeff Cumberland: https://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/614/1582/original...

The David penalty and the Barron penalty were both debatable. I'll even give you ticky-tack for the David penalty. But hitting a receiver in the face with your helmet is not "marginally high." I think Pete was paying too little attention to the replay and too much attention to John Lynch, who may not be the most objective analyst of big hits by Tampa safeties.

by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:44pm

The David penalty was an amazingly stupid play given the circumstances. Arguing over it being borderline only takes attention away from that fact.

by Led :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:56pm

True, and I think the call was technically defensible. But even though I'm a Jets fan, I can sympathize with the desire to have the ref swallow the whistle in that situation. It was a combination of Smith being almost in bounds and the "hit" being more of a push than a hit.

by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 2:37pm

That bit on the 10-play stretch that killed the Ravens was one of the better things I've seen PK do in a long time. Not sure what got into him, but the PK I've grown used to reading would have taken Harbaugh's gripe about the replay not being shown and just ran with it as gospel. But this PK looked into the claim, totally debunked it, then found multiple other plays around that same time that cost the Ravens. If aliens have kidnapped the real PK, they have my permission to keep him.

The Harbaugh brothers have very much earned their reputation as whiners. Nothing seems to ever be their fault.

by a_man (not verified) :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 6:08pm

Except Harbaugh isn't the one who's been whining about this - he's been asked about 100 times from the media and has only been trying to essentially change the subject. Where exactly did you get this notion from?

by jonnyblazin :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 7:18pm

For what it's worth, John Harbaugh took the blame today for not challenging the Welker play, it sounded like the quality control coach did not communicate to him to challenge it. And I think Jim is in a different league than John when it comes to whining.

by Gus (not verified) :: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:22pm

Yep, saw this. And of course I'm biased, but I'd agree that Jim's the worst.

by sundown (not verified) :: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 10:27am

"Where exactly did you get this notion from?"

PK leads into this section saying how he decided to check out Harbaugh's claim that the replay wasn't shown by NBC.

by markus (not verified) :: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 5:38pm

You expect people to read articles before commenting on them? That's just crazy talk!

by Never Surrender :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 6:15pm

As I watched the GB-SF game, I knew Peter King had to be practically busting a nut at Boldin's performance. Lo and behold.

by Edge (not verified) :: Mon, 09/09/2013 - 9:27pm

I'm with PK, Baltimore misses Boldin more than Boldin misses Baltimore. For those of you who want to nitpick, you can just think of it as Boldin has had the last laugh over the Cardinals.

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 1:22am

The Cardinals haven't a use for Boldin since Warner retired, and it wouldn't have made sense to pay him for it.

by Gus (not verified) :: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 1:21pm

Not surprising that Peter King can't get over the Ravens trading an aging guy whose only good, consistently healthy stretch in recent memory was in the playoffs. Good for Boldin if he has a good year, but the Ravens have needed to improve at developing young receivers for awhile. That's the real issue.

And I suppose we're supposed to think that Pitta being out for the year was predictable or something. Blargh. Don't quit your day job--wait.

by sundown (not verified) :: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 3:08pm

There are understandable reasons for the Ravens not keeping Boldin, but health isn't one of them. In 10 full seasons he's played in 14 or more games in 7 of them, including the last 4 years straight.

by LionInAZ :: Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:26pm

Health problems are what you anticipate for a physical player like Boldin at his age. One very good game in week 1 doesn't mean Boldin is a cinch to finish the season healthy. Hell, just look at how the Packers jettison players they think are too old, too unhealthy or too costly. You could almost get to the playoffs.

by LionInAZ :: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 7:00pm

Double post.

by jahlives (not verified) :: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:42am

Everyone forgot that Boldin disappears in man coverage...except Richard Sherman.

by Edge (not verified) :: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:47am

Peter King was 100 percent correct in his Anquan Boldin analysis.